Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan said it’s “game on” for the government’s showdown with the migrant caravan headed for the southern border, on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.
“Game on. I think that the administration is ready,” Homan declared. (RELATED: Former ICE Director Tom Homan Decries Loopholes That Allow Illegal Immigrants To Remain In The US, Blames Democrats)
“[Customs and Border Protection] has of course got a lot more resources down there with the military building the infrastructure and the fencing. You’ve got a lot more inspectors and asylum officers down there from [Citizenship and Immigration Services] ready to start these interviews, if they come to a port of entry,” he continued.
“If they decide to enter this country illegally — of course with this president’s proclamation they’re not going to be allowed to claim asylum,” Homan said. “They’re going to be metered in and we’ll work at the government’s pace, not their pace.”
Homan said those who are rounded up should be held in detention until they see a judge and recommended they be deported and sent back so the United States can send a message.
“Hopefully if these people do come to the United States they’ll be detained until they see a judge,” Homan said. “Because back in 2014 when this first started, when they were detained long enough to see a judge, more than 80 percent of them lost their cases. They got put on planes and sent home, which sent a strong signal to Central America and the crossings depleted.”
“Hopefully we will send another message. They’ll get their due process but if a judge orders them removed they got to go,” he concluded.
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